Lucerne Day Trip From Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

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Spend a day in the pretty city of Lucerne on a day trip from Zurich, enjoying a short city tour, Lake Lucerne cruise and plenty of free time. After traveling south through the Albis Pass mountain range, learn all about Lucerne on a city sightseeing tour while seeing monuments like Chapel Bridge. Then, spend roughly six hours at leisure, seeing the city as you please. The day trip includes a ticket for a cruise on Lake Lucerne, so hop aboard to enjoy the lakeside scenery and onboard commentary.


  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

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Start your day with a pickup from Sihlquai Bus Terminal in the center of town. Then, relax on your air-conditioned coach as you travel south to the handsome city of Lucerne, roughly an hour away. Your route takes in stretches of gorgeous Swiss countryside, so look out the window to admire the Albis Pass mountain range and idyllic Lake of the Four Cantons.

On arrival in Lucerne, enjoy an introductory tour of the city by coach to get your bearings, seeing sights like Chapel Bridge and the Baroque Jesuit Church. Hear the history of these top Lucerne attractions and get insider tips for places to visit independently. Stop for a scenic photo stop en route either at Lake Lucerne or Lion Monument and then enjoy roughly six hours of free time to explore the city at your own pace.

Lucerne is famous for its cafe culture, so perhaps wile away an hour or so enjoying an indulgent Swiss lunch (own expense). A ticket for a Lake Lucerne sightseeing cruise is included with your tour, so head down to the lake at a time to suit you, and then relax on board your boat. Listen to entertaining audio commentary about the history of the city while gazing at the picturesque lakeside scenery, framed by Mount Pilatus.

Maybe take a stroll around the citys pedestrianized Old Town, or visit one of Lucernes attractions like Richard Wagner Museum or the 14th-century Musegg Wall. All entrance fees are payable at your own expense.

Return to your coach and travel back to Zurich. Your day trip finishes with a drop-off at the start point at Sihlquai Bus Terminal.

Inclusions for Lucerne Day Trip From Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

  • Panorama driver to Lucerne with photo stop en route (at Lace Lucerne or the Lion Monument)
  • Transport by coach
  • Introductory City tour
  • Sightseeing cruise with audio commentary

Exclusions for Lucerne Day Trip From Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Entrance fees

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Be aware that on days with very dense fog, individual trips may be canceled for safety reasons.Such operational decisions will always be made on short notice and a partial refund covering the amount of the yacht cruise will be provided via the place of booking.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • My friend and I who took this trip felt it was a complete rip off. We paid more for this trip than any other viator trip we have taken and this was our least favorite trip. I was incredibly disappointed. Details were left out of the description of this trip that would have altered our decision to take it. We arrived at the bus, which to our surprise, had 3 tour groups on it. This was never explained to us. We drove for about 45 minutes and then were dropped off in Lucerne for an 8 hour day there with no guide. Lucerne is a beautiful city but we felt we were stranded there for 8 hours with nothing to do. We took the boat tour which was nice but only took up an hour of our time. It was a complete waste of our day in Switzerland. I wish we had found a different tour to go on. I think much clarification is needed for the tour description and I would not recommend this tour to anyone. You're better off paying the extra 100 to stay on the bus and travel with the group to the other stops!

  • Conrad was very explanatory and punctual as a tour guide. Highly recommended and plenty of time to tour the sites in Lucerne.

  • This was no fault of Viator but the day we had scheduled the trip it was overcast and drissiling. Luckily the cruise was operating anyway, We didn't get to see much of the Alps as a result but the audio was interesting. The rest of the day was on our own and we had the time to leisurely walk around the city, which is beautiful. If you're looking for an independent excursion, you will like this one. The departure point is well marked to return back to your originating city and it's only an hour away from Zurich.

  • A wonderful trip which gave us ample time to explore the old city and interesting small shops in Lucerne. The lake cruise was also pleasant and we could do it in our own time. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided clear instructions on where we should meet etc. She really made the trip special.

  • I really enjoyed this day trip as such because we had more free time to explore Lucerne on our own. I like guided tours for the most part, but many times find that we don't spend enough time at some locations. This was a perfect way to get a feel and flavor of the city at our own pace and then meet the bus to go back to Zurich. The Lake Lucerne cruise was lovely although it was a bit overcast. I recommend this option for those who prefer to explore a city on their own.

  • Lucerne is a lovely tourist city and we enjoyed walking through the city buying souvenirs and seeing the sights. The Lake Lucerne Cruise was scenic and relaxing. The guide could have given us more information about Lucerne on the way to and from Lucerne .If you are adventurous, I would encourage you to take a train from Zurich to Lucerne in stead of this trip. it is cheaper and you can stay as long as you want on your won schedule.

  • The overall trip was great with plenty of time in Lucerne to do what you wanted. The commentary on the cruise was interesting but I would have liked to boat to have got closer to the lakes edge on occasions to allow for better photography.

  • enjoyed the boat cruise and day trip to lucerne.

  • Nice day out but poor timekeeping.
    This trip may have made 4 stars but for the very lengthy wait almost 1.5 hours for the coach to collect us for the return from Lucerne. I appreciate that the company Best of Switzerland cannot be held responsible for heavy traffic conditions, but nonetheless annoying, especially when we had been instructed to be at the pick-up point early as they would not wait.
    Having said all that, we had a lovely day to ourselves in Lucerne, having been dropped off to our own devices whilst the tour bus and guide went on up to the mountains with the majority of the coach passengers.
    Lucerne is a beautiful city and we had no problem filling our time for a leisurely and relaxing afternoon, including the pleasant cruise on the lake.
    The guide, Miriam, was informative about Swiss history and culture on the drive to Lucerne, and in fairness to her was very apologetic about the delay when we were eventually collected I don't think our experience was a one-off as I notice another reviewer reports an issue with the delay in collection.

  • I would definitely not recommend this tour. The morning is spent driving through the countryside. I booked this as it said that it include a introductory city tour. They took us to the Lion Monument and then dropped us off at the at a souvenir store. We got a map and the rest of the day we were on our own. As far as I'm concerned that is not a city tour. We were also told to be at the meeting point 1/2 hour before pick up and then they were over an hour late. Would have been better off just to catch the train and do the day completely on my own.

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